CILEX Board Members
Professor Chris Bones, CILEX Chair
Professor Bones is an experienced executive and non-executive leader in the private, public and third sectors.
He has a track record in transformational change and significant experience of higher education, as well as being an adviser to government and public institutions on corporate governance and leadership.
From 2011 – 2021 he was co-founder and chair of Good Growth Limited, a digital services company that works with some of the country’s biggest retail names until 2021. He remains a non-executive director there as well as being a non-executive director of Equals PLC, an AIM-listed FinTech and of The Pipeline which helps companies develop their senior female talent. He is Professor Emeritus at the Alliance Manchester Business School and an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.
Earlier in his career, Chris held senior HR roles in Diageo and Cadbury Schweppes, before becoming the first non-academic Dean of Henley Business School. He is still its Emeritus Dean. A noted columnist and broadcaster, his book ‘The Cult of the Leader’ won the CMI/British Library ‘Management Book of the Year’ prize in 2012.
Professor Stephen Lee, Chair of Education Board, External Relations Committee and CILEX Law School Safeguarding Committee
Stephen is currently a Professor at Cass Business School. He has held Senior Management and Chief Executive position’s within the non-profit, commercial and academic communities including Henley and South Bank Business Schools, Bath Spa University and CentreForum (the Liberal Think Tank).
He is experienced in operating and leading at the highest levels within and across the public/private sectors both in the United Kingdom and internationally in the commercial, political and academic contexts.
Stephen has experience in leading both academic and non-academic staff and institutions through significant change programmes; leading by example with clear direction, empathy and engagement with staff concerns, integrity and clarity of purpose.
Gus MacIver, Chair of the CILEX Finance Committee
Gus joined CILEX in 2018, initially as a Member of the Finance Committee, before joining the main Board in 2020. He has also served on the Appointments & Scrutiny Committee, and is currently a Trustee of the CILEX Foundation.
In addition to his CILEX role, Gus is a Non-Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), where he chairs the Strategy & Finance Committee, and serves as a trustee for the CIM Pension Fund.
Gus MacIver is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director with a background in Financial Services, Technology and B2B services. He has worked for a number of international firms, his most recent executive role as the European CFO for a global payments business. Gus has previously served as a Non Executive Director of MasterCard Ltd and LINK Network Ltd. In addition to “normal” commercial roles, he was a faculty member of the Visa Europe Business School for a number of years - lecturing and tutoring on a wide spectrum of topics at Cambridge University. He has also contributed articles on card management and related business topics to Visa, and been a speaker at a number of international Visa and MasterCard conferences.
Caroline Jepson, CILEX President
Caroline qualified as a Fellow of CILEX in 2007. She began her legal career in a small firm of solicitors in Sheffield covering criminal law before moving to Irwin Mitchell where she initially conducted prison law and public law cases, before finding her niche in the field of claimant personal injury litigation. She spent many years representing clients who had sustained life changing injuries and has significant experience in conducting brain and spinal injury litigation and helping clients who have complex health needs.
She has worked through every stage of pre and post qualification – having worked her way up from the most junior positions to senior roles within the legal sector. She has also worked in-house in the private care sector in governance and compliance roles. More recently, and building on her many years experience, she is Operations Director of a chain in gyms in South Yorkshire, providing strategic leadership to the shareholders, as well as directing the daily operations of the company.
With her diverse background and experience of litigation, legal framework for care and rehabilitation, the benefits of health and fitness in physical and mental well-being, and also being a personal trainer, she brings a breadth of skills to the board.
Caroline also sits on the CILEX group board, the Audit & Risk Committee, the External Relations Working Group and the Education Board.
Matthew Huggett, CILEX Vice President
Matt is an employment lawyer and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society and a former Secretary of the West of England branch of the CIPD.
Matt has built his career providing pragmatic, realistic and commercially focused advice to employers, guiding companies through the complexities of employment law and the risks and pitfalls affecting HR practice. His breadth of expertise spans discrimination, dismissal, restructuring, TUPE implications of mergers and acquisitions, absence and performance management, equal pay, collective and trade union matters and contractual disputes.
Matt is an advocate, representing clients at Employment Tribunals. He is also an avid user of LinkedIn as a platform to access and educate the wider population on employment matters having published a series of videos and podcasts on specialist topics.
Craig Tickner, Past President
Craig joined the Crown Prosecution Service, in 1990, after leaving college. He decided to study an A-level in law, which led him to the CILEX route.
He completed the first two years of the CILEX qualification before being invited to join a local criminal defence firm. Craig spent the first 12 months at the firm qualifying as a Police Station Accredited Representative before being able to complete the CILEX qualification.
After becoming a CILEX Fellow in 2005, he undertook the advocacy (criminal) course immediately after these practice rights became obtainable and was admitted as a Chartered Legal Advocate in 2010.
Craig appears regularly at the local magistrates’ court and youth court, covering all aspects of criminal litigation, including numerous trials, and works closely with counsel in serious Crown Court cases. Craig became a partner at Bristol law firm, Aidan Woods & Co in April 2014.
He joined CILEX Council in July 2016. He was a member of the CILEX governance and membership standing committees during the governance restructure. Craig also chaired the CILEX Bristol Branch for three years.
Away from the law, his interests are gardening, music, sport (please let him know if there is an option for a round of golf!) and travel.
Matthew Foster, Past President, Chair of CILEX Companions & Qualifications Committee
Matthew is a local government lawyer working for Wrexham County Borough Council in North Wales. He specialises in Information Governance Law and is the Statutory Data Protection Officer for the Council.
Matthew started with Wrexham Council in 2006 working in Children’s Social Services as a Court Liaison Officer. In 2010 he returned to legal practice as Senior Legal Officer with the in-house legal team gaining promotion to Lawyer until he was appointed the Data Protection Officer in 2018. Matthew has advised a number of in-house client departments, covering diverse areas such as Children’s Social Care, Adult Social Care, Mental Health, Mental Capacity, Court of Protection, Social Housing, Homelessness and Governance.
Matthew has also led on collaborative specialist interest groups across North Wales in relation to Adult Social Care, Housing and Legal Case Management. Matthew Chairs the North & Mid-Wales Local Authority DPO Group.
Matthew sits on the main Board and Chairs both the CILEX Companions and Qualifications Committee. Matthew is also a member of the External Relations Sub-Committee and is a CILEX representative on the Legal Wales Board.
Doris Olulode, Senior Non-Executive Director
Doris has extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company at both the operational and strategic level, across a range of disciplines. She has held senior positions in the UK and overseas including Head of HR, Ford Motor Company, Australia & New Zealand and HR Director, Ford Motor Company for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford.
Doris currently freelances as an HR consultant. She holds non-executive directorships for the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Clarion Housing Group and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is also a Lay Member to the HMCTS (Employment Tribunal).
She is a mentor offering personal and professional development, also acting as a trusted confidant to those from various backgrounds and at different stages of their career.
Doris is a high performing professional who was named by Autocar as being in the top 100 most influential women in the Auto industry.
Jagjit Dosanjh-Elton, Non-Executive Director
Jagjit has a strong and comprehensive background in commercial finance with 20 years in-depth experience across multiple sectors including Retail, Publishing, Healthcare, Insurance, Energy, Legal and Property and has been involved with CILEX since 2015.
Jagjit has held several high profile positions including working as a Senior Finance Adviser to The Economist Group in New York, as an Executive Director at Gemserv, a utilities consultancy owned by the Energy Supply and Network companies and more recently as a Board Director at Anstey Horne, a specialist surveying company, part owned by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).
Jamie Radford, Non-Executive Director
Jamie is a qualified lawyer who currently acts as Group General Counsel for Azets Holdings Group, a leading multinational accountancy, advisory, audit business and payroll provider.
He has acted both as an executive board member and also as a Non-Executive Director for Nordic Park Limited, a manufacturer and distribution of offices supplies. Jamie's first experience of CILEX came from supporting colleagues through the CILEX training and examination process to Membership.
Sukhjit Grewal, Non-Executive Director
Sukhjit is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Sukhjit achieved a Masters in Epidemiology at Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge (MPhil CANTAB) having read pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham (BPharm Hons) at undergraduate level. Sukhjit registered as a pharmacist in 1996.
Sukhjit is an award winning Senior Director and experienced Non-Executive Director. An innovative, resourceful, strategic and results driven senior professional development and membership professional with extensive experience in working with professional bodies, regulators, awarding bodies and the commercial sector. Has a proven track record in developing and implementing solutions and strategies within the highly competitive membership body sector. A leader with considerable experience of motivating a team of managers. Has a sound understanding of environmental and operational issues. Possess project management, extensive negotiation and analytical skills with expertise in key account management, external stakeholder management, sales and marketing. A personable, learner and member-focused professional, with strong communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to build and develop excellent client relations. Sukhjit aims to help organisations solve complex problems in order to achieve and maintain best-in-class service and exceed commercial goals.